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W. & J. Wilson Men's Furnishers - Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - 1909
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The A-Team
N 48° 25.560 W 123° 22.044
10U E 472820 N 5363715
Quick Description: Located at 1221 Government Street in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 11/20/2013 4:10:40 PM
Waymark Code: WMJHJ2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 58

Long Description:
W & J Wilson is a fine clothing store that has been located at the same address since they opened in 1862. It's considered one of North America's oldest family-run clothing stores and is now in its sixth generation of owners split between two families. Over their 151 years of operation, the store has expanded twice - in the 1870s and 1912 - expanding from a log-frame building farther back on the property to the current building. As a point of reference, the store opened 5 years before the country of Canada was formed and 9 years before the province of British Columbia was founded. They sold socks to British Columbia founding father James Douglas, outfitted hanging judge Matthew Begbie with deerskin gloves and silk umbrellas, and helped Bishop Edward Cridge, the Hudson's Bay Company's first Anglican chaplain, ward off cold pioneer nights with flannel drawers.

The vintage ad is from the January 5, 1909 edition of The Daily Colonist, a predecessor to today's Times Colonist. The ad advertises $25 suits being on sale for only $15!
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The Daily Colonist


Date of Publication (required):
January 5, 1909


Does the ad identify the location of the company?: yes

Web URL to additional proof of location or additional information.: Not listed

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